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3903 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 388-3417
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Welcome to 2021
Great Music at Saint James: A Celebratory Season!

Staff and Contact Information

The Reverend Dr. Kate Cress, Rector
Canon James Paul Buonemani, Artistic Director & Organist-Choirmaster
Dr. Tom Mueller, Associate Organist

Justin Baker, Communications & Concert Manager

Bill Vestal, Artistic Director for Sundays Live

3903 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California   90010

Saint James Music Office: 213/388-3015

Email: GreatMusic@SaintJamesLA.org

GreatMusicLA.org

SundaysLive.org

We are located in the Wilshire Center district of Los Angeles, two blocks west of Western Avenue. Ramp accessible.

Metro Purple Line: Wilshire/Western station, then walk two blocks west.

Street parking available with additional free concert parking at 3926 Wilshire Blvd. across from the front of the church.

About Great Music

Welcome to Great Music at Saint James

INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES ORGAN SERIES

We invite you to experience great organ music played on the David John Falconer Memorial Organ (originally built in 1911 for St. Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Los Angeles, by Murray M. Harris). Comprising over 5,000 pipes in total, the organ is an important part of Los Angeles musical history and takes its place among the country’s most important and magnificent instruments.

This season we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the rebuilding of this magnificent pipe organ at St. James Church as well as the launching of our series Great Music at Saint James itself which has featured over 250 of the most distinguished organists from throughout the world.  In 2021 we are pleased to welcome American organists Alcee Chris, Todd Wilson and Christopher Houlihan, Canadian organist Ken Cowan, and British organists Clive Driskill-Smith, Tom Winpenny and Jeremy Filsell. We are especially excited to have Todd Wilson of the Cleveland Institute of Music, present a re-dedicatory recital on October 10, 2021. He will premiere a new work written specially for the occasion and the first commercially available CD album of our David John Falconer Memorial Organ will be released at that concert. 

These recitals are offered as a gift to the community free of charge, and we are grateful to the Ahmanson Foundation and our Friends of Great Music for their continuing support.

SOLEMN EVENSONG

The semi-professional Choir of Saint James distinguished itself in 1996 as the first American Choir to have sung in performance with the Choir of Westminster Abbey, London. They have since completed four tours of the British Isles and are pleased to offer the Los Angeles community the uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM beginning in January of 2021. Freewill offering.

ADVENT PROCESSION OF LESSONS AND CAROLS

Patterned after the ever-popular service of Nine Lessons and Carols originating from King’s College, Cambridge, England, the Choir of Saint James will offer a video presentation of a past service in December 2020, and will resume an in-person service in December of 2021. Freewill offering.

Friends of Great Music

We are grateful to our Friends of Great Music whose support has made our musical offerings possible. If you are not already a Friend of Great Music at St James, please consider becoming one.

Your tax-deductible gift will be acknowledged in our Evensong and Organ Recital programs on the second Sundays of the month (unless otherwise requested).

(Contributions to Sundays Live may be made separately at www.SundaysLive.org)

To make a contribution, please visit stjla.org/musicfriends. You can also contribute by sending a check made payable to Great Music at St. James and mailed to

Great Music at St. James
St. James Church
3903 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA   90010

Thank you!

Archangel - $5,000
Angel - $2,500
Sustaining Sponsor - $1,000
Benefactor - $500
Patron - $250
Associate - $125
Contributor - $65
Donor - $25

About LACMA SundaysLIVE

Beginning in 1948 at Exposition Park, we now celebrate the 30th Anniversary of LACMA Sundays Live since its adoption at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and now presented at St. James in-the-City. Chamber, orchestral, choral and solo artists from Southern California and around the globe will continue their free concert offerings at 6 PM, streaming live and On Demand. Together, our International Laureates Organ Series and Sundays Live will make every Sunday at St. James in-the-City an inspirational concert destination at 6 PM. 

In-person Evensongs, Organ Recitals and Chamber concerts are scheduled to resume every Sunday evening starting January 3, 2021. These will also be video streamed live and On Demand. Currently we are offering audio streams of LACMA Sundays Live at 6 PM which can be accessed by clicking the Listen Live button below.

Starting in October, 2020, we will also offer video streams of past Evensongs on the 2nd Sundays of the month (including, on December 13, a video stream of a past service of Advent Lessons and Carols).

Live Music in October 2020

October 11 | 4:30 PM


SOLEMN EVENSONG
CHOIR OF SAINT JAMES
Live Video Stream

Video Broadcast from March 10, 2019 featuring the music of Kenneth Leighton (2nd Service), Herbert Howells (O pray for the peace of Jerusalem) and Cristóbal de Morales (Salve Regina).

Order the choir's recently recorded studio album, O Beauty Ever Ancient Ever New here.

October 11 | 6:00 PM


Encore from May 2, 1999

IGOR KIPNIS & KAREN KUSHNER, PIANO DUET

Brahms: Tragic Overture, Dvořák: Slavonic Dances, Ravel Mother Goose Suite, and Arlen/arr. William Hirtz: “Wizard of Oz” Fantasy.

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October 18 | 6:00 PM


Encore from March 23, 2014

MEMBERS OF THE LYRIS QUARTET & FRIENDS

Ibert: Trio for violin, cello, and harp, and Franck: Piano Quintet, with Guillaume Sutre (violin & viola), Kyunghee Kim-Sutre (harp), and Walter Ponce (piano).

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October 25 | 6:00 PM


Encore from November 19, 2006

JUDITH ALLER, VIOLIN & CAROL HONIGSBER, PIANO

Ernest Bloch: Violin Sonata No. 1, Corelli: Violin Sonata No. 10 in F, and Kreisler: Variations of a theme of Corelli.

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2021 Great Music at Saint James: A Celebratory Season!

January 3 | 6:00 PM


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January 10 | 4:30 PM


SOLEMN EVENSONG
CHOIR OF SAINT JAMES

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM. Freewill offering.

 

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6:00 PM


INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES ORGAN SERIES
ALCEE CHRISS

Winner of the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition and the Firmin Swinnen Silver Medal at the 2016 Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition, Alcee Chriss III is widely regarded as one of the leading young organists of our time.  He has been celebrated for his “grace, skill and abundant proficiency” by the Journal Assist News, Albuquerque.  And of his prize-winning performance at the Longwood Gardens Competition, Choir and Organ Magazine declared, “Chriss stole the show.” Read More...

 

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January 17 | 6:00 PM


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January 24 | 6:00 PM


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January 31 | 6:00 PM


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February 7 | 6:00 PM


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February 14 | 4:30 PM


SOLEMN EVENSONG
CHOIR OF SAINT JAMES

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM. Freewill offering.

 

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6:00 PM


INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES ORGAN SERIES
CHRISTOPHER HOULIHAN

The organist Christopher Houlihan has established an international reputation as an “intelligently virtuoso musician” (Gramophone), hailed for his “glowing, miraculously life-affirming performances” (Los Angeles Times).

Houlihan has performed at Disney Concert Hall with principal brass of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, presented by the Philadelphia Orchestra; Read More...

 

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February 21 | 6:00 PM


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February 28 | 6:00 PM


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March 7 | 6:00 PM


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March 14 | 4:30 PM


SOLEMN EVENSONG
CHOIR OF SAINT JAMES

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM. Freewill offering.

 

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6:00 PM


INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES ORGAN SERIES
CLIVE DRISKILL-SMITH

British organist Clive Driskill-Smith has taken the classical music world by storm, enthralling audiences from Beijing to Boston to Budapest with his extraordinary playing and fearless programming. Critics have praised his “blazing technique and unbelievable virtuosity” (Chiff Chat, American Guild of Organists) and described his performances as “intensely moving and truly breathtaking” (Organo Pleno, Australia). His solo recitals and duo performances with Grammy Award–winning percussionist Joseph Gramley bring audiences... Read More...

 

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March 21 | 6:00 PM


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March 28 | 6:00 PM


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April 4 | 6:00 PM


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April 11 | 4:30 PM


SOLEMN EVENSONG
CHOIR OF SAINT JAMES

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM. Freewill offering.

 

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6:00 PM


INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES ORGAN SERIES
TOM WINPENNY

Tom Winpenny is Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral where his duties include accompanying the daily choral services and directing the acclaimed Cathedral Girls Choir. Previously, he was Sub-Organist at St Paul's Cathedral, London, and during this time he performed with the Cathedral Choir at the American Guild of Organists National Convention, performed in Mahler's Symphony no. 8 with Valery Gergiev and the LSO, and played for many great state occasions. He has broadcast regularly on BBC Radio...  Read More...

 

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April 18 | 6:00 PM


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April 25 | 6:00 PM


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May 2 | 6:00 PM


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May 9 | 4:30 PM


SOLEMN EVENSONG
CHOIR OF SAINT JAMES

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM. Freewill offering.

 

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6:00 PM


INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES ORGAN SERIES
JEREMY FILSELL

Jeremy Filsell is the newly-appointed Organist and Director of Music at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, where in April 2019 he assumed leadership of the world-renowned music program and its deeply-admired Choir of Men and Boys, following in the footsteps of illustrious predecessors Gerre Hancock, John Scott, and Daniel Hyde.

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May 16 | 6:00 PM


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May 23 | 6:00 PM


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May 30 | 6:00 PM


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June 6 | 6:00 PM


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June 13 | 6:00 PM


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June 20 | 6:00 PM


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June 27 | 6:00 PM


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Programs subject to change. The 2021 Celebratory Season will continue after a Summer Break with the Re-dedication concert of the David John Falconer Memorial Organ on October 10 with guest artist Todd Wilson.

October 10 | 4:30 PM


SOLEMN EVENSONG
CHOIR OF SAINT JAMES

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM. Freewill offering.

 

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6:00 PM


INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES ORGAN SERIES
TODD WILSON

Re-Dedication of the David John Falconer Memorial Organ

Regarded across America and around the world as one of today’s finest concert organists, Todd Wilson serves as head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music, and is also Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio and Curator of the E.M. Skinner pipe organ at Severance Hall (home of The Cleveland Orchestra). Read More...

 

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October 17 | 6:00 PM


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October 24 | 6:00 PM


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October 31 | 6:00 PM


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November 7 | 6:00 PM


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November 14 | 4:30 PM


SOLEMN EVENSONG
CHOIR OF SAINT JAMES

A uniquely Anglican service of Evensong in the style of the great English Cathedrals on the second Sunday of the month at 4:30 PM. Freewill offering.

 

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6:00 PM


INTERNATIONAL LAUREATES ORGAN SERIES
KEN COWAN

Regarded as one of North America’s finest concert organists and praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique, and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, Ken Cowan maintains a rigorous performing schedule that takes him to major concert venues in America, Canada, Europe, and Asia.  Read More...

 

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November 21 | 6:00 PM


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November 28 | 6:00 PM


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December 5 | 6:00 PM


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December 12 | 4:30 PM


AN ADVENT PROCESSION OF LESSONS & CAROLS
CHOIR OF SAINT JAMES

The Choir of Saint James sings Advent carols and music from Gregorian Chant to the present day. Join us for this annual tradition in the style of King’s College, Cambridge. (Note the 4:30 PM time of this event, replacing SUNDAYS LIVE this week.)

 

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December 19 | 6:00 PM


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December 24 - 25

CHRISTMAS AT ST. JAMES

You are invited to join us for a festive Christmas celebration of the Holy Eucharist with the Choir of Saint James and harpist Marcia Dickstein and Friends at 9:30 PM, Dec. 24.

On Christmas morning, Dec. 25, at 10:30 AM, the Gentlemen of the Schola Cantorum of Saint James will sing a meditative service of Gregorian Chant.

 

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December 26

No concert is offered this day.

 

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